Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots


Sounds like

Paul Dempsey, Dan Kelly, Elliott Smith


Influences

Justin Townes Earle, Pavement, Crowded House, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Wilco


Bio

No stranger to the Australian music scene after years spent wheeling madly across the country in indie-rock bands, 2016 signals a new beginning for Mickey Cooper, with the release of his debut album ‘Hit The Ceiling’. Recorded on a shoestring budget in a shoebox apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in late 2015, ‘Hit The Ceiling’ is a collection of ten songs that dissects anxiety and documents the events and aftermath of a family breaking apart. The bare-bones recordings were taken to Bryce Goggin’s (Pavement, Joan As Police Woman, Ben Kweller) studio in Brooklyn, where his mixing expertise helped to highlight each melodic hook and pull, culminating in the kind of refined yet stripped-back record that recalls early Elliott Smith, Whiskeytown and Sharon Van Etten. Fiercely personal and universally relatable, ‘Hit The Ceiling’ showcases not only Cooper’s love of chords and melody, but a knack for wordplay that saw him collect the Dorothy Porter Award for Emerging Poets in 2015.

"Introspective and direct, Cooper weaves together narratives effortlessly, yet with masterful complexity" - Rolling Stone Australia

"I don’t think I can properly articulate the waves of emotion that hit me while listening to Mickey Cooper’s debut album 'Hit The Ceiling'" - Mismatch

"Raw, earnest and extraordinarily special" - Casual Band Blogger

Review

Review by Bridget Hustwaite Bridget Hustwaite

01 Sep 2016

Triple J
40

Sometimes all you need is an acoustic guitar to tell a story! I'm an absolute sucker for raw, intimate soundscapes just like this beauty created in your Manhattan shoebox. Beautiful work and congrats on the debut LP.

Sometimes all you need is an acoustic guitar to tell a story! I'm an absolute sucker for raw, intimate soundscapes just like this beauty created in your Manhattan shoebox. Beautiful work and congrats on the debut LP.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

04 Apr 2016

Triple J
35

A very enjoyable bit of yarn spinnin'.

A very enjoyable bit of yarn spinnin'.

Review

Review by Lachie Macara Lachie Macara

10 Jan 2017

Super Reviewer
50

Sometimes you need a little longer with a song or need to be in a certain mood to really understand it. Feel real lucky the timing worked out for me with this one.

Sometimes you need a little longer with a song or need to be in a certain mood to really understand it. Feel real lucky the timing worked out for me with this one.